|Publication number||US7422566 B2|
|Application number||US 11/149,928|
|Publication date||9 Sep 2008|
|Filing date||10 Jun 2005|
|Priority date||11 Dec 2002|
|Also published as||DE10358145A1, DE50311320D1, DE102004015500A1, EP1575654A1, EP1575654B1, EP1613388A1, EP1613388B1, US20070004999, WO2004052443A1, WO2005092424A1|
|Publication number||11149928, 149928, US 7422566 B2, US 7422566B2, US-B2-7422566, US7422566 B2, US7422566B2|
|Original Assignee||Christoph Miethke Gmbh & Co. Kg|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Referenced by (21), Classifications (9), Legal Events (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a Continuation-in-Part application of International Patent Application No. PCT/EP2003/013999, filed on Dec. 10, 2003, which clams priority from Federal Republic of Germany Patent Applications No. 102 58 070.7, filed on Dec. 11, 2002, and No. 103 47 278.9, filed on Oct. 8, 2003. International Patent Application No. PCT/EP2003/013999 was pending as of the filing date of this application. The United States was an elected state in International Patent Application No. PCT/EP2003/013999.
This invention relates to a percutaneous adjustable hydrocephalus valve to equalize the pressure in the cranium of a hydrocephalus patient by the drainage of excess liquor into the patient's peritoneum (abdominal cavity) or heart.
Hydrocephalus patients have the following medical problem: The brain is surrounded by a special liquid called liquor. This liquor is formed in symmetrically located chambers of the brain, flows through ventricles into the outer subarachnoid space, where it is resorbed. Normally there exists equilibrium between the amount of fluid that is produced and the amount that is resorbed. In the illness hydrocephalus (also called water on the brain), this equilibrium is disrupted and a sufficient amount of fluid is no longer resorbed. This condition results in an increase in pressure inside the patient's head. In infants, this condition results in abnormal growth of the head; the brain decreases in size and the interior of the patient's skull is increasingly filled only with liquor. In adults, no further growth of the head is possible and critical pressure levels are reached quickly. The brain is weakened by the presence of the excess fluid. In adults, this condition can cause problems in the patient's gait, urinary incontinence and dementia.
Since the 1950s, hydrocephalus has been treated successfully by the implantation of an artificial drainage system. In this case, an artificial connection is created between the chambers in the brain and a drainage medium. As a rule, the peritoneum (the abdominal cavity) is currently most often used. Alternatively, drainage into the right atrium of the heart is also conventional. Special valves are integrated into these systems, the purpose of which is to control the drainage of fluid. Since the introduction of artificial drainage in hydrocephalus therapy in the early 1950s, numerous different valve systems have been proposed to optimize the result of the treatment.
In recent years, the attention of specialists in the field has been increasingly focused on two competing valve designs: on one hand, percutaneous adjustable valves in which the opening characteristic can be adjusted to individual patient requirements, and on the other hand valves that guarantee an opening characteristic that varies as a function of the position of the valve.
Valve systems of the latter type have a significantly higher opening pressure when the patient is in the standing position than in the reclining position. Both valve systems are currently used with great success for the treatment of hydrocephalus.
A combination of the two types of valves is desirable. In the context of the invention, a combination of this type is now specifically proposed, whereby the known problems are solved by means of available adjustable valve systems.
The essential problems of the adjustable valves of the prior art lie in the accuracy and precision of the adjustment and in protection against unintended adjustments of the valve system caused by external magnetic fields. All the adjustable valves of the prior art are based on a magnetic principle. On the valve side, magnets of different sizes are attached to a rotationally mounted rotor. The position of these rotors can be influenced by externally generated magnetic fields, which results in an adjustment of the bias of a spring.
The best-known valves include the Medos-Codman valve. This valve contains a leaf spring which is in contact on one side with a ruby ball which is pressed by the leaf spring into the valve seat and on the other side is in contact with a stepped rotating rotor. The fastening of the leaf spring is located between these two points—approximately in the middle. If the rotor is then rotated by magnetic fields from outside, the contact point and the opening characteristic changes and the opening characteristic of the valve is therefore adjusted. The adjustment range lies between the pressure of a column of water 3 and approximately 20 cm high. The outside diameter of the rotor is approximately 3 mm. The range of rotation of this valve is 360 degrees. This valve exhibits the following systematic problems:
The adjustable SU8 manufactured by the French company Sophysa is another of the best known adjustable valves. Here, too, valve-side magnets are located on a rotating rotor. The position of the rotor can be modified by external magnetic fields.
The pressing of the sapphire ball thereby defines the valve characteristic. If the rotor is rotated, the resulting free clamped length of the leaf spring changes, and along with it the opening pressure.
A short free clamped length results in a high opening pressure, and a long free clamped length in a low opening pressure. Here, too, the adjustment range is between the pressure represented by a column of water between 3 and 20 cm high. The adjustable range of rotation is approximately 90 degrees, i.e. the setting of 0 degrees guarantees the minimum pressure, for example, while the setting of 90 degrees guarantees the maximum pressure. The essential weak points of this design consist on one hand of precisely this narrow adjustment range, because the accuracy of a system of this type is smaller, the smaller the angle of rotation used. This valve also has the disadvantage that external magnetic fields can cause an unintentional rotation and adjustment of the opening characteristic. With this design, however, an X-ray verification is not necessary. For that purpose, the unintentional adjustment can be caused extremely easily, e.g. by the magnetic fields of headphones or by simple bar magnets.
On account of these known problems, Sophysa recently presented a new development, which it designated the Polaris Valve. This valve is largely similar to the known valve, although it has an additional magnetically activated blocking mechanism, as a result of which only a very specific arrangement of externally attached magnets can cause the rotor to rotate.
A third adjustable valve, the Strata Valve, is sold by Medtronic (PS Medical). Like the models described above, two magnets are attached on the valve side that are integrated into a rotor.
External magnetic fields make it possible to rotate this rotor and to adjust the opening characteristic of the valve. This valve can be adjusted in four stages. The rotor is rotated by the attraction of the rotor to the externally applied magnetic field and subsequent rotation. Only when the rotor is attracted by the magnets can it be rotated. This valve also contains a sort of magnetic locking mechanism. As a result of the rotation of this rotor, the overall height of the rotor is varied. The higher the rotor is mounted on a sort of staircase, the higher the opening pressure. A mechanism of this type may limit the possibility of unintended adjustment, although it can never function 100% safely or reliably.
All the valves described above have one or more of the problems described below:
The invention is nevertheless based on the constructions of the prior art, and the object of the invention is to create a valve that is easy to operate and safe. This valve is designed, as in the prior art, in the form of an internal, percutaneously activated adjustment device that is moved with an external adjustment device.
The invention therefore teaches that the internal adjustment device inside the valve is prevented from unintentional adjustment movements by a frictional engagement in the deactivated position. The frictional engagement is created by the corresponding pressure of the friction surfaces, one of which is stationary and is preferably a surface on the valve housing, while the other friction surface corresponds to the adjustment device in the valve.
The pressure that corresponds to the frictional engagement can be created: a) by the load of a spring pressure and/or b) by magnetic force. The spring provided in a) is preferably formed by the valve housing itself.
For this purpose, the valve housing can have a flexible housing wall and a rotationally movable adjustment mechanism that is held centrally at a certain distance from it. The adjustment mechanism can be realized in the form of a adjustment plate or in the form of a one-armed or multi-armed lever, rotor or molding. The remainder of this description uses only the term “adjustment plate”, although the term as used is intended to include all other potential realizations.
The distance from the housing wall must then be selected so that the adjustment plate, in the inactivated position, is pulled or pushed by means of its outside edge against the housing wall. The related tension in the housing wall is created when the housing wall is indented during the installation of the adjustment plate. After the installation, the housing wall can return only partly to the original shape on account of the presence of the adjustment plate. On account of the spring material of which the housing wall is made, the housing wall nevertheless attempts to return to its initial shape prior to the assembly or installation. That creates the desired pressure of the adjustment plate against the housing wall.
The housing wall can be straight and can assume a concave shape as a result of the deformation/impression described above. The housing wall can also be originally curved concavely and can experience an additional inward curvature as a result of the deformation/indentation described above.
The housing wall can also originally be convex and as a result of the deformation/indentation can experience a total elimination of the convex curvature. Optionally, an inward curvature can also result from the deformation/inward curvature of an initially convex shape.
The application force can be influenced by the thickness of the housing wall, by the mass of the original configuration, by the material of the housing wall and by the distance of the adjustment plate from the housing wall. The application pressure can be further optimized with a few tests.
As explained under b) above, the application pressure can be created by permanent magnets of the adjustment device in the valve instead of or in addition to the above mentioned springs. When a material that reacts to the magnetic fields of the permanent magnets is used for the housing wall, the resulting application pressure of the adjustment plate is a function of the power of the permanent magnets. Steel is particularly well-suited for use as the material of the housing wall.
The arresting of the valve in the deactivated position is further influenced c) by the selection of the diameter of the adjustment plate and/or d) by the characteristics of the friction surfaces. A higher friction can be achieved by rough friction surfaces. For this purpose, the arresting surfaces can optionally be roughened or coated with a friction-enhancing material.
The greater the diameter over which the friction surfaces are in contact with the housing wall, the greater the arresting effect.
In one advantageous realization, the adjustment plate assumes a more or less pronounced U-shape when viewed in cross section. In that case, the housing wall corresponds with a ring-shaped raised portion that is provided on the outer edge of the adjustment plate.
The frictional engagement claimed by the invention can advantageously be neutralized e) by a counterpressure.
By means of such a counterpressure, sufficient distance can be created between the friction surfaces so that the adjustment device that lies within the valve can move freely.
The counterpressure that is necessary to neutralize the frictional engagement is preferably applied manually and can be created by f) the deformation of the spring that is responsible for the spring force according to a) and/or g) by the neutralization of the magnetic force. When the housing wall forms one of the springs, the counterpressure is generated by external pressure applied against the housing wall. The necessary counterpressure can be determined at the factory and can be checked when the valve is adjusted.
Suitable measurement devices for the measurement include h) mechanical measurement devices and i) electrical measurement devices. A purely mechanical measurement device can be realized in the form of an adjustment pin that has a flexibly mounted tip. The necessary counterpressure can be measured and excessive counterpressure can simultaneously be prevented by controlling the spring travel.
The electrical measurement device can, for example, use a current-carrying strain gauge. The resistance of the strain gauge varies as a function of the load applied to it, as a result of which the current or the voltage varies. The counterpressure is measured by measuring the variation. This capability can also be used to emit an optical and/or acoustic signal when a minimum counterpressure is reached, which signal continues to be emitted as long as the maximum counterpressure is not exceeded, or when the maximum counterpressure is exceeded, is supplemented by an additional optical and/or acoustical signal.
The counterpressure is optionally limited to the allowable magnitude by: j) an interposed spring element. In that case, the spring element is provided in the external adjustment device. The spring element optionally consists of a long-stroke, biased spring. With this adjustment device, when the spring bias is appropriately designed, a resilience of the adjustment device becomes noticeable when the necessary pressure is reached at which the adjustment plate lifts up from its corresponding friction surfaces. The allowable pressure is only exceeded when the resilience of the external adjustment device is no longer measurable. In between there is a significant resilience range in which the treating physician can be confident during the manipulation of the valve that he is in the range of allowable pressure.
The valve adjustment is preferably performed after the adjustment plate has been loosened by: k) rotating the adjustment plate. Even greater preference is given to a greater adjustment travel between the minimum opening position and the maximum opening position of the valve, which increases the safety of the adjustment and the accuracy of the adjustment.
The long adjustment travel is translated into a modification of the spring load. In other words, with a comparable range of variation of the spring load, there is a longer adjustment travel. The risk of unintentional adjustment mentioned above decreases by the extent to which the adjustment travel becomes greater.
The precision of the adjustment preferably increases as the adjustment travel becomes greater.
The ability to make the adjustment travel longer results from a variation of the position of the spring. The invention teaches that the spring is designed so that its plane of movement lies parallel to the plane of rotation of the adjustment plate. The invention also teaches that this parallel condition is also present when the planes coincide.
As a result of the location and orientation of the spring as claimed by the invention, the spring can move in the direction in which the valve housing is at the point of its farthest travel, which in this case is the direction of the flat side.
The spring used is preferably a spring rod that is mounted so that it can pivot.
The spring rod can form a two-armed lever, the one end of which is longer than the other end. It is thereby possible to effect a step-up or step-down transmission of the lever movement or of the lever force. The one end of the lever is effectively connected with a valve ball or a valve shutter of the valve, and the other end interacts with the adjustment mechanism or the adjustment plate described above.
There is preferably a sliding virtual connection, of the type that is itself known from the prior art, between the spring and the corresponding surface on the adjustment plate. In other words, the spring slides on the contact surface of the adjustment plate.
The virtual connection with the valve ball or the valve shutter is created by the short end sliding against the valve ball or pressing against the valve ball.
The virtual connection with the adjustment mechanism is formed by the provision of a sliding surface for the other lever arm on the rotational or pivoting part. This sliding surface is realized in the form of a curved path on which the spring rod is in sliding contact. The curved path makes it possible to give the valve a valve characteristic that can be adjusted within broad limits. The curved path preferably runs at least partly in a spiral shape. The peripheral angle of the curved path on the sliding contact surface of the adjustment plate preferably covers at least 300 degrees, and even more preferably 340 degrees.
Depending on the lever ratios, the movement of the lever arm that is in contact with the curved path of the adjustment plate is stepped up or stepped down to the other lever arm that is in contact with the valve ball or valve shutter.
Depending on the design of the valve ball or of the valve shutter, there is a retraction or adjustment of the corresponding lever arm. Or there is a variation of the application pressure of the lever arm against the valve sphere or valve shutter.
The direction of rotation of the adjustment plate determines the direction in which the lever pivots.
When there is a back-and-forth movement of the adjustment plate, there is also a back-and-forth pivoting movement of the lever in the direction of a minimal opening width or of a minimal closing pressure on the valve or vice-versa in the direction of the maximum opening width or of the maximum closing pressure.
Optionally the adjustment plate can also be moved farther in the same direction of rotation and still return to the beginning of the adjustment movement. This feature results from the fact that a transition or transfer is provided between the beginning of the curved path and the end of the curved path on rotating or pivoting adjustment plate.
From the above description it is apparent that to reach a valve position, the valve taught by the invention can be rotated both over the shortest distance into the new valve position as well as in the opposite direction of rotation to the end of the curved path and beyond into the new valve position. The latter operation can be desirable when every valve setting must be used for the control of the beginning of the adjustment movement or the beginning of the curved path.
The two-armed spring lever taught by the invention preferably has an angled shape. The two lever arms of the two-armed lever arm are at an angle to each other that can be less than 180 degrees and can even be less than 90 degrees.
The cross section of the spring taught by the invention can be anything that is desired. Round and rectangular shapes are advantageous. A spring with a leaf-shaped or wire-shaped cross section is particularly advantageous.
For the pivoting or rotational mounting of the spring, a pin can be used, for example one where the ends of the pin are engaged in corresponding recesses in the valve housing or in the valve cover or valve base. The ends of the pin can also be sharp, so that the pin can rotate on the tips in the recesses. This method is technically and economically advantageous.
To fasten the pin to the spring, a welded or soldered connection can be used, and other types of connections are also suitable.
The spring taught by the invention can also be in direct contact with the curved path or the adjustment plate, even when a spring wire is used.
On the valve-ball side it is favorable to have contact take place between the spring and valve ball over a large-area surface. If and to the extent that the spring does not permit contact over the desired large area, a plate can be fastened to the end of the spring in question. The plate can be optionally welded or soldered on, or can also be fastened in any other suitable manner.
The rotation of the adjustment plate that is necessary for the adjustment of the valve preferably takes place by means of additional externally located magnets and an external rotation device. The magnets are preferably permanent magnets. Even greater preference is given to the use of two magnets that are diametrically opposite each other in the adjustment plate and at least as many magnets in the rotation device, likewise arranged opposite each other, whereby the magnets of the adjustment plate lie on an orbit, the diameter of which is equal to the diameter of the orbit on which the magnets of the rotation device lie. The various magnets can thereby be brought as close as possible to each other. As a result of their geographic proximity, the magnets can exert optimal forces. The torques that are necessary for the creation of a torque are produced when the markets face one another with opposite poles, e.g. with a south pole in the rotation device and a north pole in the adjustment plate.
In the device claimed by the invention, even relatively small magnets can exert sufficient force for the valve adjustment.
The rotational device is advantageously also used as an adjustment device, for this purpose, the device described below is used, with which not only can the rotation described above be achieved, but the pressure described above can also be exerted.
After an adjustment of the valve by rotating the adjustment plate, the adjustment plate is arrested in the respective rotational position. The arresting occurs when the load is once more removed from the previously indented housing wall. Then the application of pressure described above and the related friction occur again.
In the arrested position of the adjustment plate, the magnets reinforce the arresting by increasing the application pressure and the friction between the adjustment plate and the valve housing. For this purpose, the surface nearest to the magnets is preferably realized in the form of a reactive metal surface. Steel surfaces are especially reactive.
The additional arresting forces effected with the magnets enclosed in the valve as taught by the invention advantageously do not interfere with the valve adjustment with external magnets, because as a result of the counterpressure described above, the magnetic force is easily overcome and the necessary distance of the adjustment plate from the corresponding housing wall can be established.
The magnets used are preferably small models such as pin magnets of the type disclosed in claims. The small magnets also contribute to the achievement of small valve dimensions, as disclosed in the claims.
The adjustment device for the valve taught by the invention can also be realized with extremely small dimensions. The invention teaches that this feature is used to reduce the diameter of the adjustment device and for a special shaping of the valve device, namely for the configuration of the adjustment device in the shape of a pin, similar to a ball-point pen. The realization of the adjustment device similar to a ball-point pen makes it possible to operate the adjustment device in the same manner as a pin or a ball-point pen, e.g. by carrying it in a breast pocket. Likewise, a mechanism like that in a ball-point pen can be used to move the magnets that are provided on the head of the adjustment device in the longitudinal direction of the pen forward (when the pin is placed against the patient's head or against the valve) or back. In the vertical position of the pin, that means raising and lowering.
The pin-shaped external adjustment device claimed by the invention has, on the front end, a cap with which the adjustment device is applied. When the adjustment device is applied loosely, the magnets automatically center the adjustment device so that it is easy to actuate the adjustment device by rotating it.
The advantages of the valve and its adjustment device as taught by the invention are:
The rotor 1 is clamped by a screw 6 on the shaft 7 against the cover so that the rotor 1 is pressed against the base 18 and is bent elastically. The pressure is applied so that the friction force suffices to prevent a rotation of the rotor 1 caused by external magnetic fields. The base 18 preferably has a thickness of 0.1 to 0.2 mm, and in other exemplary embodiments a thickness of up to 0.5 mm. The elastic deformation connected with the bending preferably amounts to from 0.01 mm to approximately 0.1 mm, and in other exemplary embodiments up to twice the thickness of the base. The more bias is applied to the base, the more force must later be applied from outside to effect a lifting of the rotor 1 at 6 from the base 18 and to neutralize the arresting of the rotor 1 on the base 18.
The position of the rotor 1 defines the force that the leaf spring 4 exerts on the sapphire ball 5.
The spring wire of the spring 10 preferably has a diameter of 0.1 mm, and in other exemplary embodiments the spring wire can have a smaller cross section for shorter lengths and a larger cross section for longer lengths. The cross section of the spring wire in the exemplary embodiment is circular. The leaf spring also preferably has a thickness of 0.1 mm and a height of approximately 1 mm. For other exemplary embodiments with smaller lengths and longer lengths, the information regarding the wire of spring 10 applies as appropriate.
The leaf spring is very stiff.
The shaft 7 has, on the left in the drawing, a shoulder and lugs with which it projects into a smaller hole of the part 9 on the rotor 1. When the device is assembled, there is a gap in position 19 between the shaft 7 and the part 9.
The rotor 1 has a cam disc 13.
The two magnets 2 and 3 are arranged so that an externally applied magnetic field can produce a maximum torque.
In other words, the distance between the two magnets in the exemplary embodiment is 7 mm. In another exemplary embodiment it is 8 mm and in additional exemplary embodiments it can be up to 20 mm. In concrete terms, this difference is determined on the basis of the external dimensions of the housing. The circular housing preferably has a diameter of 14 mm, in other exemplary embodiments a diameter of up to 19 mm and in additional exemplary embodiments diameters of up to 31 mm, and is shaped ergonomically, so that on one hand the position of the valve can be easily felt from outside, while on the other hand the tissue that lies on top of the valve is not damaged.
Sharp edges are thereby eliminated.
The rotor has a tip 22 which is illustrated in
The shaft 15 preferably has a diameter of 0.3 mm and can optionally have a tip on the top and bottom, to minimize the bearing forces. As a result of the construction described above, the rotor 1 can rotate only if the base 18 in the drawing is pressed to the left and the rotor 1 can thereby rotate freely. In this position, a specific magnetic field must also be located externally to securely initiate a rotation. If the load is then removed from the base, the position of the rotor is fixed by elastic clamping. If a pressure differential that is greater than the opening pressure of the valve then occurs between the inlet 11 and the outlet 12, the ball 5 is pushed out of its valve seat against the leaf spring and moved toward the rotor. It thereby becomes possible for the liquor to flow through the valve to the drain and any further increase in pressure is prevented. The actual valve characteristic is defined by the rotational position of the rotor 1 and/or by the resulting position of the contact point 21 on the spiral or on the cam disc 13. By a targeted modification of the shape of the curve, in other exemplary embodiments a non-linear curve of the opening characteristic can also be achieved as a function of the angle of rotation of the rotor 1.
The rotor is preferably fabricated so that in all starting positions of the rotor, a rotation of 10 degrees in either direction results in the same variation of the opening pressure of the valve. The location of the magnets 2 and 3 as far apart from each other as possible has the advantage that the lowest possible magnetic forces can achieve the highest possible adjustment moments. The neodymium magnets used in this case have a cylindrical shape with a diameter of 1 mm and a height of approximately 1.2 mm.
The fabrication of the housing and the rotor and the fabrication of the other components from titanium has the advantage that an ideal bearing play with exact fits can be achieved, and undesirable play and undesirably high friction can be systematically avoided. The shaft 7, for example, preferably has a diameter of 1 mm, and the play at position 24 between the shaft 7 and the rotor 1 is preferably tolerated by a close adjustment of the play. A play adjustment of this type is provided for the bearing of the shaft 15 in the valve housing. This shaft 15 is mounted like a door hinge in the valve housing and makes possible an almost completely friction-free rotation of the leaf spring 4 in the context of the opening and closing of the valve. The height of the valve is approximately 4.5 mm. Significantly lower heights are not necessarily desirable, if even possible, because it should not be too difficult to locate the valve by palpation.
Special adjustment pins have been developed for the adjustment of the valve. One exemplary embodiment of such a pin is illustrated in
In the life-size drawing, all the details are so small that they are no longer clearly visible.
A thin-walled small tube 26 with a diameter of approximately 12 mm is closed on one end by a plug 25. On the other side, a measurement mechanism mounted on a needle bearing is installed. The latter mechanism includes: a measurement drum 28, on the surface of which a graduated scale is applied, and which is connected with the shaft 32 which is mounted in the bearing bushing at the points 34 and 33. The bearing bushing 29 is introduced into the small tube 26 so that it cannot be displaced or rotated. On the side of the small tube that is not closed, a movable cap is introduced into the small tube, and is pushed outward by a spring force. The spring 30 is supported on the bearing bushing 29 and presses the ring 37 against the cap 31. The cylinder 38 is connected with the needle 32.
Magnets 35 and 36 are introduced into the cylinder 38. The external pole on the one magnet is negative and on the other magnet it is positive. The distance between the magnets is approximately equal to the distance between the magnets inside the valve, likewise the diameter.
The shaft of the rotor and of the cylinder 38 cannot be rotated by the cap 31 and the spring 30, as long as the cap is not pressed opposite to the spring force on the bearing bushing. Only if the pin is pressed above the valve against the patient's head, and thus the cap 31 is pushed into the housing, is a rotation of the rotor and scale drum, as well as the magnet cylinder, possible. The pin must be pressed against the patient's head so that the window 27 can rotate by 90 degrees in relation to the body axis. This measure ensures that the valve pin and the valve itself have the same directional orientation. If the cap is then pressed above the valve in front of the patient's head, the position of the rotor inside the pin follows the position of the rotor inside the valve, because the valve rotor cannot vary in its position on account of the elastic clamping, although on account of the precision needle bearing at the points 33 and 34, the pin rotor can adjust by rotating to match the position of the valve-side rotor. The corresponding pressure setting of the valve can now be read easily in the window 27. This construction guarantees a reliable measurement that can easily be repeated at any time. By fixing the measurement only a few tenths of a millimeter away from the head, it is no longer possible to rotate the pin or to remove it from the patient's head. The measurement result is “frozen” immediately.
The bushing 48 acts as a bearing for the shaft 41. The bushing is introduced through O-rings by which the bushing is fixed in the sleeve 45. A second bearing bushing is attached on the upper portion of the pin, part 42. Here, too, the shaft 43 is fixed in the form of a simple bearing in the bushing 42. The adjustment pin contains two different springs: a strong spring 44 and an extremely weak spring 46. By pressing on the button 39 the shaft 43, which has a piston-like expanded portion in its lower region, is displaced downward against the spring force 44. The shaft 51 is thereby pushed downward against the spring force of the significantly weaker spring 46. The spring 46 is therefore significantly compressed, while on the other hand the spring 44 is only slightly compressed. The force of the spring 44 is transmitted by the shaft 51 to its lower tip, which in this application is designed to exert the force on the valve that is to be uncoupled. The diameter of the shaft at the tip should preferably be approximately 3 mm, and the bottom end should be rounded in a dome shape. The cap 51 that is attached to the lower end of the pin protects the bearing as well as the magnets 50 that are installed in the shaft 41. The position of the magnets can be read through the window 53 on the graduated scale of the scale drum 47. The construction taught by the invention makes it possible to keep the construction of the adjustment unit small without negatively affecting the safety and reliability of the adjustment.
It therefore becomes possible for the first time to realize such adjustment pins. The construction makes it possible to place the magnets as close as possible to the patient's skin. A precise and accurate adjustment can be made by the simultaneous application of pressure to the valve housing.
The valve includes a steel housing that consists of a cylindrical ring 101, a molded steel base 102 and a cover 103. The ring 101 is provided on the inflow side with an insert 104. In the insert there is a valve ball 105 which seals a valve bore 106. The valve ball 105 is pressed against the valve bore 106 by a wire-shaped spring. The spring is realized in the form of a two-armed lever with one long lever arm 107 a and one small/short lever arm 10 b.
The two lever arms 107 a and 107 b are at an acute angle to each other because the section runs through the center of the valve and because the spring is illustrated in the area that lies behind the plane of the section in the figure, and because the free end of the lever arm 107 a extends into the area that is not illustrated that lies in front of the plane of the section, and because the drawing of the short lever arm 107 b indicates a path that is exactly perpendicular to the plane of the drawing and the plane of the section.
Other angles are possible in other exemplary embodiments.
The spring is soldered to a pin 109 between the two lever arms 107 a and 107 b. The pin is located to one side of the valve ball 105 and has two sharp ends, with which it is pivotably mounted in the cylindrical ring 101.
Attached to the short lever arm 107 b is a plate 108, with which the spring presses against the valve ball 105. The more pressure is applied by the spring, the greater becomes the valve resistance against the entry of liquor. The less pressure is applied by the spring, the less the valve resistance against the entry of liquor.
The penetrating liquor travels via a discharge opening and an implanted hose (not shown) into the patient's abdomen.
The long lever arm 107 a extends in the exemplary embodiment to the middle of the cylindrical ring 101, where it slides along a curved path 110. The curved path is located in a slot, where it forms the base of the slot and is a component of a cylindrical molding 111 in the form of an adjustment plate, which is called simply a “molding” below. The one lateral boundary of the slot is formed by the cylindrical molding 111.
The other lateral molding of the slot is formed by a disc 112.
The curved path 110 a has a beginning 110 d and an end 110 e. By rotating the molding 111 clockwise, the lever arm 107 a is pushed to the left in the plane of
When the molding 111 moves counterclockwise, the spring tension is reduced and the pressure on the valve ball 105 is reduced.
The disc 112 sits on a shoulder of the molding 112, where it is fastened in a manner not shown.
In addition, there is a connection between the end 110 e and the beginning 110 d of the curved path, so that the molding, when it reaches the end 110 e, can simply continue to rotate, so that it comes back to the beginning 110 d.
The molding 111 can move rotationally on a bearing pin 112 where it is secured with a ring 114.
In the exemplary embodiment, the molding 111 has bores 115 and 116 for permanent magnets that are diametrically opposite each other. The permanent magnets are realized in the form of pin magnets. Their diameter in the exemplary embodiment is 2 mm. The magnets are held in the recesses 115 and 116 by covers 117. The magnets are at a small distance from the steel base 102 of the valve housing.
To set the valve pressure, the molding 111 is rotated and the spring pressure is increased or decreased as appropriate. The valve pressure is set by rotating the molding.
To rotate the molding, there is an adjustment device of the type illustrated in
The adjustment device includes a housing 125 with a cap 126, with which the adjustment device is placed on the valve.
In the housing 125 is a head 127 with two pin magnets 128. The pin magnets 128 are at the same distance from each other as the magnets of the molding 111, although they are arranged so that when the adjustment device is placed on the valve, they have different poles from the magnets of the molding 111. The magnets are thereby attracted to each other and the molding 111 follows a rotation or a pivoting movement of the adjustment device with a rotation or pivoting movement in the same direction.
The accurate positioning of the adjustment device is advantageously facilitated. All it takes is slight contact, and the attractive force of the magnets guides the adjustment device into the correct position.
The pressure is then increased to cause a slight deformation of the valve housing. The housing bottom or housing cover is thereby elastically deformed. To facilitate the deformation, the base 2 is provided with a deformation thickness. The deformation thickness in the exemplary embodiment is 0.2 mm.
The consequence of the deformation is that the molding 111 lifts up from the corresponding friction surfaces. The friction is neutralized. The molding can then be easily rotated or pivoted.
To take the deformation claimed by the invention into consideration, a corresponding clearance is provided in the housing. For that purpose, a depression for the ring 114 and the bolt 113 is provided in the cover 103.
For the application of pressure, a mechanism similar to a ball-point pen is provided in the adjustment device. The mechanism effects a resilient application of pressure. The spring protects the valve housing from excessive deformation.
The magnets can thereby be arrested by the ball-point-pen mechanism in the position necessary for the adjustment in the cap 126, or can be retracted again after the adjustment has been made. When the adjustment device is removed, that prevents any undesirable further adjustment caused by unintentional or unskilled movement of the adjustment device.
In the exemplary embodiment, the pressure applied to the head 127 in the cap 126 is selected by a corresponding design of the spring system so that a rotation of the housing 125 by the treating physician leads to an accompanying rotation of the head 127.
In other exemplary embodiments, alternatively or additionally, there is a guidance of the head 127 which, by itself or together with an application of pressure, causes the above-mentioned tracking movement of the head 127 when the housing 126 is rotated.
For the guidance, in one exemplary embodiment a tongue-and-groove connection is provided, which makes axial mobility possible, but results in a non-rotational arrangement in the peripheral direction.
Some examples of methods or devices for treating hydrocephalus which may possibly be utilized or adapted for use in at least one possible embodiment may possibly be found in the following U.S. Pat. No. 6,882,876, entitled “Diagnosis of normal pressure hydrocephalus by automated processing of MR images;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,840,917, entitled “Implantable subcutaneous valve for the treatment of hydrocephalus, and adjusting devices therefor;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,540,727, entitled “Process for treating a patient with hydrocephalus utilizing an external medical draining system;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,283,934, entitled “Device for the treatment of hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,193,682, entitled “Low profile neonatal hydrocephalus device and methods;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,146,352, entitled “Implantable drainage valve for the treatment of hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,928,182, entitled “Pediatric programmable hydrocephalus valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,843,013, entitled “Valve for the treatment of hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,728,061, entitled “Device and method for treating hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,368,556, entitled “Implantable drainage valve for the treatment of hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,207,684, entitled “Sheath for shunt placement for hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,069,663, entitled “Hydrocephalus valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,000,731, entitled “Shunting device adopted in the intracranial shunting surgical operation for the treatment of hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,787,887, entitled “Ventricular by-pass valve for draining the cephalorachidian liquid in the hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,741,730, entitled “Hydrocephalus shunt with in-line filter;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,673,384, entitled “Valve for the treatment of hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,588,085, entitled “Sterile air feedthrough packaging system for testing hydrocephalus shunt valves;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,443,214, entitled “Valve for the treatment of hydrocephalus;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,432,853, entitled “Method of making an ion beam sputter-etched ventricular catheter for hydrocephalus shunt;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,377,169, entitled “Ion beam sputter-etched ventricular catheter for hydrocephalus shunt;” and U.S. Pat. No. 4,375,816, entitled “Catheters for shunting systems for the treatment of hydrocephalus.”
Some examples of medical valves which may possible be utilized or adapted for use may possibly be found in the following U.S. Pat. No. 6,892,998, entitled “Medical valve and method of assembling the same;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,883,778, entitled “Apparatus for reducing fluid drawback through a medical valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,875,198, entitled “Surgical suction regulator valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,869,426, entitled “Anti-drawback medical valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,837,852, entitled “Control valve for suction device for surgical applications;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,805,688, entitled “Method and device for use in micro-invasive surgical procedures, and guide catheter and valve unit for a device for use in micro-invasive surgical procedures;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,802,490, entitled “Needle free medical connector with expanded valve mechanism and method of fluid flow control;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,790,237, entitled “Medical stent with a valve and related methods of manufacturing;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,767,340, entitled “Sealing valve assembly for medical products;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,764,494, entitled “Device for removal of an aorta valve at a human heart in course of a minimal surgical operation;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,755,391, entitled “Anti-drawback medical valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,712,791, entitled “Splittable medical valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,706,022, entitled “Needleless medical connector with expandable valve mechanism;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,695,817, entitled “Medical valve with positive flow characteristics;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,682,509, entitled “Medical valve and method of use;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,669,673, entitled “Medical valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,648,017, entitled “Valve arrangement for a medical apparatus;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,641,559, entitled “Buret with foot valve for medical infusion equipment;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,635,044, entitled “Medical valve with fluid escape space;” U.S. Pat. No. RE38,145, entitled “Luer-receiving medical valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,572,592, entitled “Medical valve and method of use;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,537,258, entitled “Valve for medical infusion lines and the like;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,506,197, entitled “Surgical method for affixing a valve to a heart using a looped suture combination;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,481,462, entitled “Medical flush valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,447,473, entitled “Medical suction valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,436,067, entitled “Powered surgical handpiece with suction conduit including a stepped valve to regulate flow through the suction conduit;” and U.S. Pat. No. 6,427,691, entitled “Medical valve.”
Some examples of shunt valves which may possibly be utilized or adapted for use in at least one possible embodiment may possibly be found in the following U.S. Pat. No. 6,666,208, entitled “Set for inserting a shunt valve into a shunt between the oesophagus and the trachea;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,358,222, entitled “Shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,289,990, entitled “Production tubing shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,255,806, entitled “Supply device for power supply to an electronic unit in a semiconductor valve in a shunt-connected thyristor-switched capacitor;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,029,703, entitled “Pressure solenoid control valve with flux shunt;” U.S. Pat. No. 6,007,511, entitled “Shunt valve and therapeutic delivery system for treatment of glaucoma and methods and apparatus for its installation;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,935,095, entitled “External slot valve for controlling blood flow through the outlet of a shunt of a cardiopulmonary bypass pump;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,304,114, entitled “Shunt valve system;” U.S. Pat. No. 5,042,974, entitled “Shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,867,740, entitled “Multiple-membrane flow control valve and implantable shunt system;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,772,257, entitled “External programmer for magnetically-adjustable cerebrospinal fluid shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,595,390, entitled “Magnetically-adjustable cerebrospinal fluid shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,553,956, entitled “Shunt valve and method of use;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,551,128, entitled “Cerebrospinal fluid shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,475,899, entitled “Shunt valve and method of use;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,387,715, entitled “Shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,332,255, entitled “Shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 4,094,145, entitled “Underspeed actuator for a hydrostatic transmission having a shunt valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 3,998,222, entitled “Subcutaneous arterio-venous shunt with valve;” U.S. Pat. No. 3,991,768, entitled “Shunt system resistant to overdrainage and siphoning and valve therefor;” and U.S. Pat. No. 3,985,140, entitled “Dual pressure valve for use in ventricular shunt system.”
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